Pat Mims

Pat works as a supervisor at Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) for the Sexually Exploited Minors Program. In addition, he is a facilitator and presenter for Insight-Out. He is a subject matter expert on the kinds of populations we serve.

Phillip J. Seiler

Phillip grew up in a poor, single-mother household and attended rough schools in tough neighborhoods. Haunted by the dysfunctional patterns of his early life, he committed his crime at the age of 27 and was sentenced to life in prison, where he realized that he needed to figure out the life trajectory that led him to commit his tragic crime. While incarcerated, he participated in as many self-help programs as the system would offer, earning various state certifications including "Non-Violent Communication," Crisis Counseling, Anger Management, and Conflict Resolution Mediation. At San Quentin he became active in counseling at-risk youth, which he continued upon his release. Providing support, counseling, and guidance to young men and women who, like him, found the odds stacked against them, has become Phillip's passion, life calling, and path of restitution.

Veronica Balseiro Veronica Balseiro, MA

Veronica brings her experience in social work and organizational development consulting to Insight-Out. As a social worker, she has served marginalized populations including abused children, battered women and their families, and homeless men and women. As an organizational development consultant, she has supported organizations in developing their infrastructure/systems, staff and management to enable striking increases in efficacy. After years of listening to the vast and diverse journeys of her clients, Veronica has developed an arm of her profession to include personal histories. She provides people and organizations with an opportunity to capture and share their legacies with their communities. Veronica supports Insight-Out with new and ongoing initiatives. 

Jacques Verduin, MA

Jacques Verduin, MA Somatic Psychology, is a father, community organizer and a teacher. He has, since 1997, pioneered innovative in-prison rehabilitation programs in San Quentin. In 2011 he founded Insight-Out (IS0), which provides services and self-development opportunities to prisoners and challenged youth and empowers them to positively transform their predicament. Jacques has trained former prisoners to act as Change Agents in the community, working to prevent violence and incarceration. He is a subject matter expert on mindfulness, emotional intelligence and transforming violence. He has worked in prisons for 17 years and serves as a catalyst for state-wide prison reform in California. Email: Jacques



We are so glad to have an exceptional advisory board, including

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield is a co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a world-renowned author, speaker and teacher of Buddhist and mindfulness meditation. Jack serves Insight-Out as a personal and organizational consultant. Jack Kornfield's website.


Br. David Steindl RastBr. David Steindl Rast

Brother David serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living, through, an interactive website with several thousand participants daily from more than 240 countries. Br. David has brought spiritual depth into the lives of countless people whom he touches through his lectures, his workshops, and his writings. Brother David's website.

 Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez

 As one of the leading Chicano writers in the country, Luis is best known for his memoir of gang life, “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." After spending his youth and young adult life in gangs, Luis turned away from the "Crazy Life" and dedicated himself to conscious revolutionary thinking and activity. He often addresses issues of violence, gangs, community building, the arts, and poetry, among others, in his travels. Luis' website.

Mutima Imani

Mutima Imani is an activist and social change agent with an impressive resume of serving indigent populations in the Bay Area. Her areas of expertise are in organizational development, professional and personal development, management and diversity training.

Pat Mims

Pat Mims works as a supervisor at Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) for the Sexually Exploited Minors Program. In addition, he is a facilitator and presenter for Insight-Out. He is a subject matter expert on the kinds of populations we serve.

Kris MejiaKris Mejia

Chris Mejia is a youth representative that has been through the curriculum, has worked with core staff members and has visited the prison programs.


Our steering committee, in addition to founder Jacques Verduin, includes:

Beth Rosales, Development Associate

William D. Glenn, Organizational Development Associate

Gil Fronsdal, Strategic Planning Associate

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